River Hill all-around better than Mt. Hebron Hawks' pressure, shooting too much for Vikings, 61-49

Boys basketball

January 04, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

River Hill took good care of the ball, employed efficient pressure defense and shot well enough to defeat Mount Hebron for the Glenelg Country School Holiday Tournament championship last night, 61-49.

Jay Kreider, who averages 17 points per game, led the Hawks with 22, including three three-point baskets. John Alascio chipped in with 19 points.

"Kreider just shot the lights out," Mount Hebron coach Scott Conroy said. "Their press bothered us some, but when we did beat it we didn't score off it."

River Hill (4-4), a second-year school playing in its first holiday tournament, was missing its tallest player, 6-foot-5 John Gordon, who had a sore knee.

That forced coach Tom Schneider to field a smaller than normal lineup against a much taller Mount Hebron squad.

"We wanted a smaller lineup for defensive purposes, and I think our pressure showed and took them out of their normal game," Schneider said.

It took River Hill some time to adjust to Mount Hebron's triangle-and-two defense, as the Vikings bolted to a 7-0 lead. The Hawks sank four three-point baskets in the first quarter to catch up, however. Kreider made two of those three-pointers, and Justin Brewer and Alascio each sank one.

The lead changed hands five times in the first half. Mount Hebron shot 12 for 16 from the floor that half, and River Hill was 9 of 19.

In the third quarter, the Vikings made their first shot -- and then missed their next eight attempts. By the end of the period, River Hill led, 40-33.

A patient offense that rarely turned the ball over was the key for River Hill.

"They got Kreider his shot, and they rebounded surprisingly well," Conroy said. "They hustled all 32 minutes, didn't rattle and played smart. And they have people who can shoot."

When River Hill pulled ahead, 47-37, early in the fourth quarter, Conroy knew his team was in trouble. "We don't usually come from behind well," he said.

Mount Hebron (1-7) did cut the lead to 47-43 with 4: 58 to play on three quick baskets. Bob Bergin beat the press for one of those baskets and J.R. Parker converted off a turnover for another. River Hill countered with six straight points, and the Vikings didn't threaten again.

In the consolation game, Glenelg Country School's Garth

DeAngelis sank a driving layup at the buzzer to defeat Boys' Latin, 47-46.

DeAngelis scored 13 points and had eight rebounds, while Eric Greenberg scored 12 points. Dare' Ojunfolaju added nine points and had 12 rebounds.

Pub Date: 1/04/98

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